Toral heads to Birmingham on loan, with Crowley another candidate to depart

Arsenal have announced that Jon Toral will spend the entire 2015/16 campaign on loan at Championship side Birmingham City.

The Spanish midfielder impressed on loan at Brentford in the same division last season and featured for Arsenal during their opening pre-season fixture this summer in Singapore.

However, the 20-year-old’s hopes of making the grade at Arsenal are complicated by the fact that the club currently have several high-profile midfielders on their books.

Toral, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy four years ago, can operate out wide but is most comfortable as a central-midfielder. Despite featuring for the Gunners in pre-season friendlies, he is yet to represent the club in a competitive fixture and, as things stand, his stint with Birmingham will take the youngster to the end of his current Arsenal contract, after he signed a one-year extension towards the end of last season.

Toral becomes Arsenal’s fifth loanee for the new season, following in the footsteps of Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town), Yaya Sanogo (Ajax), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) and Wojciech Szczesny (Roma).

Another player who could soon depart the club on loan is fellow midfielder Dan Crowley, who was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the Emirates Cup last weekend. Crowley has been tentatively linked with several Championship sides this summer, but it appears that it may be a while yet until any deal is agreed.

Meanwhile, Wellington’s destination for the new season remains unclear. The Brazilian is still training at London Colney but hasn’t represented the club at any level during pre-season.

Arsene Wenger has stated that wingers Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Alex Iwobi won’t be heading out on loan in the near future, but there are other candidates for temporary transfers, including Serge Gnabry, Isaac Hayden and Glen Kamara.



  1. Hayden is joining Hull.

    There were reports that Toral signed a 1+1 year contract earlier in the summer. So maybe still a slight hope for him at AFC.

    Was told that Brum wanted Crowley too but that the lad was not keen due to his time with Aston Villa.

  2. With Rosicky, Flamini and Arteta most likely playing their last season in Arsenal colors this year, that’s three solid roster spots available. Go out on loan lads and earn your stripes. I personally like Hayden and I hope he makes it at Arsenal.

  3. Still plenty of time for toral and hayden. Just look at coquelin and the change in his fortunes, no panic never rush development, just let it happen.

    As it stands arteta, rosicky, flamini, cazorla and Walcott will all be out of contract next summer, so potentially lots of openings in the squad next summer. It’s up to toral, crowley hayden, wellington etc to prove they can save the club millions.

  4. Best of luck to Jon at the Brums. Let’s hope he returns the better for it like someone earlier before, though he doesn’t have to say that “he’s the best midfielder the world has ever seen”!

  5. hisham the quote you are referring to was not actually made by NB. he said he aspired to be the best in the world, but of course idiots jumped on it and distorted it to suit their own agenda.

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